About Our Faculty Members
Barry Bennett, Associate Professor
Barry Bennett teaches Foundation of Curriculum (2003, 2002) and Special Topics: Instructional Intelligence (2002, 2000) in the OISE graduate program.
Barry’s current research interest relates to teacher thinking, learning, and action focused on instructional practices. Specifically, how do teachers acquire an instructional repertoire, how do they extend it, integrate it, and what effects does this have on student learning (kindergarten to adult)? He is also interested in educational change. He has written three books related to instruction and is completing another related to integrating instructional methodology.
Barry was nominated for teacher of the year award, OISE/UT, 2000-2001.
Barry's recently funded research involved OISE/UT School District University Partnerships to investigate the effects of common training for pre-service and in-service associate teachers (2001-2002). He analyzed the data from interviews of 20 high school teachers related to their instruction (with 2 colleagues). With his co-investigators, he compared the effects of identified experienced/expert teachers who had extensive training re: instruction and experienced/expert teachers who have not. He also worked on a text related to a case study of two districts who had focused for the last 10 years on extending the instructional practices of their teachers. One of those districts has won an award as one of the top districts in the world.
Barry is also involved in a five-year project related to systemic change, instructional intelligence, and the impact on student and teacher learning.
• instructional intelligence; educational and systemic change; classroom management; action research; merging assessment with curriculum and instruction